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Subseries 1.1
Subject files, 1939-1980
Boxes 1-10

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of subject files relating to the Cummington Press collected by Harry Duncan, co-founder of the press with Katherine Frazier, from 1939-1980. The subject files primarily include correspondence pertaining to the Cummington Press and the Cummington School of the Arts. Paper samples, binding samples, and drafts of illustrations and woodcuts are also included in the series. Duncan's relationship to the art of fine press book printing is documented in extensive correspondence with fellow letterpress printers, illustrators, suppliers of ink and paper, book binders, and designers and distributors of type.

In addition to the business of the press, the series also includes correspondence with many of the prominent American poets published early in their careers by the Cummington Press. Such notable authors include Katherine Hoskins, Robert Lowell, Robert Mezey, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, and William Carlos Williams. This series also documents correspondence with other literary figures, such as Caroline Monica Gordon, whose letters to and from Duncan are about Catholicism, Gordon's relationship with Allen Tate, and discussions about both Gordon and Duncan's writings. The correspondence also includes application and award information from the American Institute of Graphic Arts "Fifty Books of the Year" and the National Endowment for the Arts grant, which was awarded to the Cummington Press from 1968-1970.

See also Subseries 1.2: Business correspondence, for other correspondence relating to the Press, including letters to and from many of the same authors and businesses represented here.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder Content
1 1 A Colish, Inc., 1942-1948
1 2 Adams Jr., F. B. [The New Colophon], 1948-1950
1 3 Agee, James, 1963-1967 [includes correspondence between Harry Duncan and illustrator Keith Achepohl]
1 4 The American Institute of Graphic Art, 1943-1950
1 5 American Type Founders, 1940-1948, 1962
1 6 Amherst College Library, 1945-1950
1 7 Anthoensen, Fred [The Southworth Anthoensen Press], 1943-1945
1 8 The Banyan Press [Claude Fredericks], 1947-1949
1 9 Berg, Stephen, 1961-1972 [1 of 2]
1 10 Berg, Stephen, 1961-1972 [2 of 2]
1 11 Blackmur, R. P., 1941-1951, 1962
2 1 Bogan, Louise, 1947-1959
2 2 Boggs, Tom, 1941-1945
2 3 Boggs, Tom, 1940-1943
2 4 Bond, Harold, 1967-1972
2 5 Bookbinders, 1941-1951
2 6 C. B. Fleming and Co., Inc. [Norwood Press], 1943-1944
2 7 Carruth, Hayden, 1960
2 8 Christmas card plans, 1941
2 9 The Committee on Cultural Relations with Latin America, Inc., 1943-1945
2 10 Continental Type Associates, 1940-1941
3 1 Copyrights, 1941-1952, 1963-1969
3 2 Cowley, Malcom, 1941-1943
3 3 Davis, Glover, 1966, 1970
3 4 Denby, Edwin, 1954
3 5 Denney, Reuel, 1941-1945
3 6 Duschnes, Philip C., 1949-1952 [regarding William Blake's "Genesis"]
3 7 Feibleman, James, 1945-1950
3 8 Fisher, Alfred Young, 1941-1945
3 9 Franck, Peter, 1945-1947
3 10 Franck, Peter, 1948-1955
3 11 Gambrill, Bessie Lee, 1943-May 1945
4 1 Gambrill, Bessie Lee, June 1945-1946
4 2 Gambrill, Bessie Lee, 1947-1956
4 3 Geller, Richard, 1968-1972
4 4 Gilbert, Creighton, 1943-1947
4 5 Golffing, Francis, 1948-1972
4 6 Goldensohn, Barry, 1971-1972
4 7 Gordon, Caroline Monica, 1946-1966
4 8 Gotham Book Mart, 1943-1950
4 9 Gray, Marjorie J. 1942-1947
5 1 Hamady, Walter S., 1965-1970
5 2 Hammer, Victor, 1946-1947
5 3 Hammer, Victor, 1948-1972
5 4 Harms, Norman, 1943-1950
5 5 Harvard University Press, 1949-1950
5 6 Healey, George, 1945-1947, 1999
5 7 Heinemann, K. A., 1964-1968
5 8 Hofer, Philip, 1946-1958
5 9 Hoiby, Lee, 1954-1961, 1966-1967, 1980
5 10 Hollingsworth, Stanley, 1955-1956
5 11 Hoskins, Katherine, 1944-1945 [includes typescripts of poems]
6 1 Hoskins, Katherine, 1946-1949, 1954-1961
6 2 Ink, 1940-1945
6 3 Jaccottet, Philippe, 1964
6 4 Johannes Enschedé en Zonen, 1948-1949
6 5 Kirstein, Lincoln, 1954
6 6 Kraushar, John [The Kraushar Press], 1942-1950
6 7 Laughlin, James [New Directions], 1942-1962
6 8 Libermann, Mike, 1967-1971
6 9 Lowell, Robert, 1943-1948, 1962
6 10 Machine Composition Company, 1942-1949
6 11 Mackenzie and Harris, Inc., 1940-1945
6 12 McClelland, Jim, 1962-1963,
6 13 Mezey Robert, 1961-1968 [1 of 2]
6 14 Mezey Robert ,1961-1968 [2 of 2]
7 1 Moore, Marianne, 1942-1954
7 2 Morse, Samuel F., 1943-September 1944
7 3 Morse, Samuel F., October 1944-1947, 1957
7 4 Moss, Harold, 1943-1945
7 5 Myrer, Ray and Ange, 1945-1952
7 6 National Endowment for the Arts, 1967-1970
7 7 Newton, David, 1943-1945
7 8 Niemeyer, Carl, 1941-1947, 1954-1957
7 9 O'Donnell, George Marion, 1943-1946
8 1 Oxford University Press, 1963-1969
8 2 Page, Eliot (M. E.), 1955-1956
8 3 Paper House of New England, 1940-1945, 1948
8 4 Photo engraving: Esquire and Massasoit, 1940-1943
8 5 The Plimpton Press, 1943-1946, 1951
8 6 Presses: purchase and repair, 1939-1942
8 7 Printers: 1939-1955, 1972
8 8 Printers supplies, 1940-1945
8 9 Ransom, John Crowe, 1961-1965
8 10 Ransom, Will, 1941-1954
8 11 Richmond, Mary, 1955-1974
8 12 Sales promotion, 1939-19452
8 13 Samuel Shapiro and Co., Inveresk Paper Co., LTD., Roadway Express, 1970-1972
8 14 Schwartz, Delmore, 1941-1943
8 15 Schwartz, Leo, 1942-1943
8 16 Schwerner, Armand, 1967-1972
8 17 Shapiro, Harvey, 1948-1957, 1967
8 18 Slesinger, Warren, 1969-1972
9 1 Spender, Stephen, 1948-1963
9 2 Stamos, Thoedoros, 1951-1956
9 3 Stanford, Don, 1954-1957
9 4 Standard, Paul, 1945-1967
9 5 Steiner, Herbert, 1947-1952
9 6 Stephan, Ruth, 1944-1948
9 7 The Stevens-Nelson Paper Corporation, 1940-1955
9 8 Stevens, Wallace, 1962-1963 [regarding Duncan selling Stevens' letters and manuscripts]
9 9 Stevens, Walter L., 1945-1958
9 10 Strilko, Anthony, 1956-1962
9 11 Swan, Emmy, 1945-1949, 1956
9 12 Tate, Allen, 1941-1945
9 13 Tate, Allen, 1946-1947
9 14 Tate, Allen, 1948-1951
10 1 Tate, Allen, 1952-1974
10 2 Thomas W. Hall Company, 1939-1940, 1946
10 3 Thompson, Edmund, 1940-1946
10 4 Tuckerman, F. G., 1944-1953, 1965
10 5 Type orders, undated
10 6 Van Duyn, Mona, 1957-1958
10 7 Warren, Robert Penn, 1945-1947
10 8 Wells College Press, 1946-1952
10 9 Whitehead and Alliger Co., Inc., 1940-1943
10 10 Williams, Paul Wightman, 1942-1945 [includes poetry manuscripts]
10 11 Williams, William Carlos, 1943-1946
10 12 Williams, William Carlos, 1948-1951
10 13 Winters, Yvor, 1943-1957, 1999
10 14 Wolf, Gustav, 1943-1948
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